Mini Review on a Sample : Citrine by Olivier Durbano
The Scent : The most interesting start to a citrus scent (especially one appropriately named Citrine) is that you should obviously get the citrus, but the first thing that hits you is black pepper aroma. Soon after the pepper hits, you will notice the citrus on board and you will feel some resins from the myrrh and some woods (kind of like the Lemon Pepper spice combination). I thought I would be getting nothing but a straight up citrus scent, I was indeed wrong. The citrus left the building quickly. This is much darker than I thought, and I kinda liked it. Mostly a spicy woody scent in my eyes, not bad at all actually. You receive some sweetness, but not as much as advertised with the beeswax, it felt minimal at best for me. In the dry down the rosewood pops and takes over the scent, you still get some of that sweetness, and i felt a little powder and some spices. So in the end, you get more of a lemon peel scent rather than the juice of the fruit. The spicy essence also kicks in way too soon, which was unexpected, but also pleasant.
Production Value : Longevity is 4-6 hours and projection is typical, a few hours of projection then skin scent.
The Score :(✭✭✭) It’s good, very good scent but really I’ve smelled this type of scent before so many times. In my opinion, this fragrance needs to be renamed; maybe something more appropriate like Lemon Pepper Spice because it does smell peppery!
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Jay Malhotra is a fragrance connoisseur and expert on scents. He is a contributor to men’s lifestyle on Daclaud dot com and one of his hobbies is collecting men’s cologne and fragrances. Jay Malhotra is also a forum admin on Fragrance Guru Nation and boasts the fourth largest collection of men’s fragrances on the forum (over 600 scents).